A gateway interview or audition is required for admission to the Theatre Major in the School of Theatre and Dance.  To do so, students must apply to both JMU and the School of Theatre and Dance separately and register for an on-campus interview or audition.  Students who have auditioned for JMU at the Virginia Theatre Association Conference are still required to apply and audition in the same way as any other applicants. Please see our Gateway Requirements to prepare your Theatre Major application.

Neutral Mask Workshop

So, what is the goal of our gateway process? Demonstrated ability within a particular area of theatre such as acting, design, or playwriting is wonderful, but we are just as interested in getting to know you as a person.

Each student will begin by sharing material, such as auditioning with a monologue, presenting a visual portfolio, or discussing writing samples.  Of course, we also know that prospective students have had varying access to theatrical training and opportunities. So, don’t worry, we are looking for potential, not perfection.

Next, you will join us for a short interview.  Be prepared to discuss your experience in theatre and the arts.  For us, your interview is just as important as what you present. We are seeking applicants with a variety of skills and interests both in and outside of the arts.  

Click here to review the Gateway Requirements!

  1. First, submit your Undergraduate Admissions Application via the JMU Admissions Office.
  2. Second, review the Gateway Requirements.
  3. Next, register for a gateway interview or audition.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to interview or audition on campus. If you are unable to do so, please contact Theatre Coordinator Ben Lambert to make other arrangements. If you are auditioning for both Theatre and Musical Theatre majors you must register for each audition separately.  
  4. Finally, submit your School of Theatre and Dance Application on Slideroom prior to your on-campus audition/interview. If you are auditioning for both Theatre and Musical Theatre majors you may submit one Slideroom application. 
  5. Please contact Theatre Area Coordinator, Ben Lambert with any questions.
Theatre Process Workshop, photo by Melissa Carter

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